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Republicans have been selling their tax overhaul plan as a major booster for the U.S. economy. In fact, they have argued that it would grow the economy so much that cuts would largely pay for themselves.

But on both counts, top economists are doubtful.

In a new poll from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business, 38 economists from schools including Yale, MIT and the University of California-Berkeley weighed in on contentious points about the GOP tax plans.

This year, even more than last year, people are dreading talking politics over Thanksgiving dinner. A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds that 58 percent of people celebrating the holiday are not excited about the prospect — and Democrats are less excited than Republicans.

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An internet ad in the Alabama Senate race shows a series of photos of women and girls looking very, very young.

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The Trump Organization is severing ties with the controversial Trump SoHo building in New York City.

The development, which is a hybrid hotel-condominium building where owners of units can only live in their properties for a certain amount of time each year, has the potential to be a thorn in the side of President Trump — linking him to murky financing arrangements, allegations of fraud and a Russian-born developer with a criminal past.

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Our next guest says there's no question about what Michigan Democratic Congressman John Conyers should do as he faces sexual harassment charges.

While the word "audit" all by itself doesn't sound very fun, for the Colorado Secretary of State it's absolutely celebratory. Following the 2017 off-year election, the state is performing a first-in-the-nation risk-limiting audit of the statewide results.

"We're here to celebrate the fact that we've finally reached this milestone in our nation," Secretary of State Wayne Williams said.

After Maria: Puerto Rico & Thanksgiving

Nov 22, 2017

The power is still out for more than half of those in Puerto Rico. Progress since Hurricane Maria hit has been fitful, this month, the island hit a goal of restoring 50 percent of its generating capacity, according to Gov. Ricardo Roselló.

But a major transmission line then failed, and reduced power generation on the island to just 22%. This Thanksgiving Puerto Rico will have to make do with around 40% of its generating capacity.

The Trump Administration is ending a humanitarian program that has let almost 60,000 Haitians live and work in the U.S., giving them until summer of 2019 to leave the country — willingly or not.

Temporary Protected Status is just that — temporary. But it covers hundreds of thousands of others living in America.

How long can they stay? And if natural disasters have left them with no home to go back to, what then?

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The Federal Communications Commission chairman announced plans Tuesday to repeal Obama-era regulations on Internet service providers. The 2015 rules enforce what's called net neutrality, meaning that the companies that connect you to the Internet don't get to decide which websites load faster or slower, or charge websites or apps to load faster.

The wave of government-backed violence against the Rohingya minority in Myanmar amounts to "ethnic cleansing," the U.S. State Department says, in a statement that raised the possibility of targeted U.S. sanctions to put pressure on Myanmar's government.

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